Brooklyn Book Festival 3

Now in its third year, the Brooklyn Book Festival has expanded to include authors and books that have no obvious connection to this borough.

The new focus on international authors, though, did not mean that local talent was shut out. In fact, this year’s festivities included some of Brooklyn’s best-known writers, and I was fortunate enough to hear some of them speak.

I also had the opportunity to gush (babble, perhaps) to the glamorous Terry McMillan about how much I enjoyed her first bok (Mama) and what it meant to me. She appeared to be both astonished and pleased and whispered conspiratorially, “That is my favorite, too.”

This year’s participating authors included:

Warren Adler: Funny Boys, The War of the Roses, Random Hearts
Jose Eduardo Agualusa: The Book of Chameleons, Creole
Henry Alford: Municipal Bondage, Big Kiss, How to Live
Dorothy Allison: Bastard out of Carolina, Cavedweller, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
Ron Arons: The Jews of Sing Sing
Kyle Baker: Nat Turner, How to Draw Stupid, The Bakers: Babies & Kittens
Russell Banks: The Reserve, Affliction, Rule of the Bone
Toby Barlow: Sharp Teeth
Jennifer Baumgardner: Abortion and Life, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics
Moustafa Bayoumi: How Does it Feel to be a Problem?, Being Young and Arab in America, The Edward Said Reader
Mo Beasley: No Good Nigg@ Bluez
Paul Beatty: Slumberland, The White Boy Shuffle, Tuff: A Novel
Alice Bernstein: The People of Clarendon County
Charles Bock: Beautiful Children
Mirko Bonne: Die Republik der Silberfische, Der eiskalte Himmel, Hibiskus Code
Jimmy Breslin: The Good Rat
Breyten Breytenbach: All One Horse, The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution, Return to Paradise
Geoffery Canada: Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America
Colin Channer: The Girl With the Golden Shoes, Iron Ballons
Alan Cheuse: To Catch the Lightning, The Fires, The Light Possessed
Susan Choi: A Person of Interest, American Woman, The Foreign Student
Kate Christensen: In the Drink, Jeremy Thrane, and The Epicure’s Lament
Melissa Clark: The Skinny
Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Beautiful Struggle
Jerry Craft: Mama’s Boyz
Gabriel Cohen: Red Hook, The Graving Dock, and Boombox
Mark Danner: Torture and Truth, The Secret Way to War, The Road to Illegitimacy
Frank Delaney: Ireland, Tipperary, Simple Courage
Stacey D’Erasmo: Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below
Joan Didion: The Year of Magical Thinking, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Where I Was From
The Waiter (Steve Dublanica): Waiter Rant
Ronald Dworkin: The Supreme Court Phalanx, Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes
Nathan Englander: The Ministry of Special Cases, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Rachel Fershleiser: Not Quite What I Was Planning: 6 Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
Isaac Fingerer: Adults Only: Trendsetting Spirituality for the 21st Century
Nick Flynn: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Blind Huber, Some Ether
Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections, The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Discomfort Zone
David Frum: Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again, An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror, The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush
Paula Fox: The Coldest Winter, Borrowed Finery, Desperate Characters
Rivka Galchen: Atmospheric Disturbances
Alexander Genis: Red Bread, Russian Postmodernism, Dovlatov and Environs
Dagoberto Gilb: The Flowers, Woodcuts of Women, The Magic of Blood
Ben Greenman: A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both, Superbad, Superworse
Robert Greenman:
Andrew Sean Greer: The Story of a Marriage, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Path of Minor Planets
Phillipe Grimbert: Memory, La Petite Robe de Paul, Chantons sous la psy
Paul Guest: The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, Notes for my Body Double, upcoming My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge
Jessica Hagedorn: Dogeaters, The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle
Pete Hamill: North River, Flesh and Blood, Forever
Theodore Hamm: Rebel and a Cause, New Blue Media
Kathryn Harrison: While They Slept, Envy, The Kiss
Matthea Harvey: Sad Little Breathing Machine, Pity the Bathtub its Forced Embrace of Human Form, Modern Life
Joanna Hershon: The German Bride, Swimming, The Outside of August
Paul Holdengräber (New York Public Library)
A.M. Homes: The Mistress’s Daughter, This Book Will Save Your Life
Pico Iyer: The Open Road, The Lady and the Monk, Sun After Dark
Steven Jenkins: Cheese Primer, The Food Life
Nina Katchadourian (Musician)
Porochista Khakpour: Sons and Other Flammable Objects
Josh Kilmer-Purcell: Candy Everybody Wants, I Am Not Myself These Days
Chuck Klosterman: Downtown Owl, Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Killing Yourself to Live
Lily Koppel: The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal.
Pavel Lembersky: A Unique Space, City of Vanishing Spaces, River #7
Jonathan Lethem: Fortress of Solitude, Motherless Brooklyn, You Don’t Love Me Yet
Tao Lin: Eeeee Eee Eeee, You are a Little Bit Happier than I am, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Bud Livingston: President Lincoln’s Third Largest City
Phillip Lopate: Two Marriages, The Rug Merchant, Being With Children
John R. MacArthur: Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, The Selling of Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington and the Subversion of American Democracy
Ian MacKaye (Musician): Dischord Records
John Manbeck: The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Film, Brooklyn: Historically Speaking
Alice Mattison: Nothing is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn, In Case We’re Separated, The Book Borrower
Patrick McGrath: Trauma, Port Mungo, Dr Haggard’s Disease and Asylum
Terry McMillan: Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Interruption of Everything
Joe Meno: The Boy Detective Fails, Hairstyles of the Damned, Demons in the Spring
Sarah Mlynowski: Bars & Broomsticks, Spells and Sleeping Bags, Milkrun
Kenny Moore: The CEO and the Monk
Thurston Moore: Mix Tape, Alabama Wildman, Nice War
Walter Mosley: Devil in a Blue Dress, Blonde Faith, This Year You Write Your Novel
Eileen Myles: Sorry Tree, Cool for You, Chelsea Girls
Fae Myenne Ng: Bone, Steer Toward Rock
Jay Neugeboren: 1940, Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and Survival, The Stolen Jew
Arthur Nersesian: The Swing Voter of Staten Island, The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx, Chinese Takeout
Patrice Nganang: Dog Days, elobi, L’Invention du beau regard
Elizabeth Nunez: Prospero’s Daughter, Grace, Discretion
D. Nurkse: The Border Kingdom, Burnt Island, The Fall
Patricia O’Brien: Harriet and Isabella, The Glory Cloak: A Novel of Lousia May Alcott and Clara Burton
Joseph O’Neill: Netherland
Ed Park: Personal Days
José Luis Peixoto: The Implacable Order of Things
George Pelecanos: The Turnaround, The Night Gardner, Hard Revolution
Arthur Phillips: Prague, The Egyptologist, Angelica
Darryl Pinckney: Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature, High Cotton
Katha Pollitt: Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories, Reasonable Creatures, Virginity or Death!
Kevin Powell: No Sleep Till Brooklyn: New and Selected Poems, Someday We’ll All Be Free
Richard Price: Lush Life, Freedomland, Clockers
David Rakoff: Fraud, Don’t Get Too Comfortable
Aaron Raskin: The Rabbi and the CEO
Juan de Recacoechea: American Visa
Elizabeth Reddin: The Hot Garment of Love
John Reed: All the World’s a Grave, The Whole, Snowball’s Chance
Nathaniel Rich: The Mayor’s Tongue
Simon Rich: Free Range Chickens, Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations
Steven Rinella: The Scavanger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine
Cristy C. Road:  Indestructible, Bad Habits
Carl Hancock Rux: Asphalt
Linda Sanchez: Dream in Color
Loretta Sanchez: Dream in Color
Esmeralda Santiago: When I was Puerto Rican, Almost a Woman, América’s Dream
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh: When Skateboard Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood, State by State
Lore Segal: Shakespeare’s Kitchen, Her First American, Other People’s Houses
Ken Siegelman: City Souls, Through Global Currents, Urbania
Amy Shearn: How Far is the Ocean From Here
Robert Silvers: The Consequences to Come
Esther K. Smith: How to Make Books, Magic Books & Paper Toys, The Paper Bride
Larry Smith: Not Quite What I Was Planning: 6 Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
Patricia Smith: Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to Death
Ian Randal Strock: The Presidential Book of Lists
Manil Suri: The Age of Shiva, The Death of Vishnu
Paco I Taibo II: Pancho Villa, Frontera Dreams
Marina Temkina: Canto Immigranto, Kalancha, In Reverse
Hannah Tinti: The Good Thief, Animal Crackers
Adrian Tomine: Shortcomings, New York Sketches 2004, Summer Blond
Paul Tough: Whatever It Takes
Sandra Tsing Loh: A Year in Van Nuys, Mother on Fire: A True Mother%#$@ Story About Parenting, Mr. Loh’s Not Afraid to be Naked
Nikki Turner: Black Widow
Linn Ullmann: Before You Sleep, Stella Descending, Grace
Binyavanga Wainaina: Discovering Home, Kwani?
Matt Weiland: Names on the Land, State by State, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup
Jacob Weisberg: The Bush Tragedy, In an Uncertain World, The Bushisms Series
Sean Wilsey: Oh the Glory of it All, State by State (co-editor)
Dirk Wittenborn: Pharmakon, Fierce People
Peter Wortsman: Telegrams of the Soul
John Wray:Canaan’s Tongue
Naomi Wolf: The End of America, The Beauty Myth, Promiscuities
Matvei Yankelevich: Today I Wrote Nothing
Kevin Young: Dear Darkness, For the Confederate Dead, Jelly Roll
Gary Younge: No Place Like Home, Stranger in a Strange Land
Thomas Zweifel: The Rabbi and the CEO, International Organizations: Democracy, Accountability, Power

Holly BlackThe Good Neighbors, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Ironside
Susan Cooper (Newbery Award author) Acting Out
Daniel Kirk, Elf Realm
Gail Carson Levine: Ella Enchanted, The Fairest, Ever
David Levithan,Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Boy Meets Boy
Patricia MacLachlan (Newbery Award author), Acting Out
Sarah Mlynowski: How to be Bad, Spells and Sleeping Bags, Bras and Broomsticks
An Na: A Step From Heaven, Wait For Me, The Fold
Alisa Valdes Rodriguez: Haters, Dirty Girls on Top, The Dirty Girls Social Club
Ariel Schrag: Potential, Awkward and Definition, Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age
Paul Volponi: Hurricane Song, Black and White, Rooftop, Rucker Park Setup
Ivan Velez, Jr.Tales of the Closet, Dead High Yearbook
Cecily von Ziegesar: Gossip Girls, It Girl
Brian Wood,DMZ, Demo, The New York Four
Jacqueline Woodson: Feathers, Hush, After Tupac and D Foster
Bil Wright, When the Black Girl Sings

Grace Chang: Jin Jin the Dragon
Raul Colon: Tomas and the Library Lady, My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, Angela and the Baby Jesus
Nina Crews: Snowball, The Neighborhood Mother Goose, Below
Edward Hemingway: Bump in the Night
Betsy Lewin: So, What’s it Like to Be a Cat? Duck for President, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
Ted Lewin: Horse Song, Peppe the Lamp Lighter
John Bemelmans Marciano: Madeline and the Cats of Rome
Chris Myers, Jabborwocky (adapted by), Wings, Jazz
Jane O’Connor: Fancy Nancy
Chris Raschka: Yo! Yes? Charlie Parker Played Be Bop and Five for a Little One
Jon Scieszka: Time Warp Trio, The Stinky Cheeseman and other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Marilyn Singer: Didi and Daddy on the Promenade, City Lullaby, Shoe Bop!
Mo Willems: Elephant and Piggie Books, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

Pete Hamill

Amy Shearn

Jimmy Breslin

Chuck Klosterman

Stacey D’Erasmo

Geoffrey Canada

Charles Bock

Henry Alford

Sandra Nunez

Paul Beatty

Simon Rich

Ed Park

Youme Landowne

Toby Barlow

Etan Boritzer

Jessica Hagedorn

Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Public Library
Mama by Terry McMillan

2 Responses to Brooklyn Book Festival 3

  1. une belle brochette d’écrivains, il manque Paul Auster, pourtant si je me rappelle bien il habite Brooklyn, je rêve de le rencontrer

    a nice kebab Writers, it’s missing Paul Auster, yet if I recall correctly he lives Brooklyn, I dream to meet him


  2. Glen or Glenda says:

    Too cool! Did you get any books???


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